Brazil beef plant to triple production following fire

The expansion will create 1,400 jobs
calendar icon 3 July 2023
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In a recent press release, JBS announced an investment that will triple the production capacity of its Friboi unit in Diamantino, in the state of Mato Grosso in Brazil.

With a contribution of R$ 800 million ($167 million) in the recovery and modernization of the factory, at least 1,400 jobs will be generated in the place, in addition to the maintenance of the current ones. The workforce will be doubled in the unit, to 2,800 employees. Currently, JBS is responsible for generating more than 9,500 direct jobs in Mato Grosso. The number will be close to 11,000.

The announcement of the investment was made by the CEO of JBS in Brazil, Gilberto Xandó, and by the president of Friboi, Renato Costa, during a meeting with local authorities and the Minister of Agriculture and Livestock, Carlos Fávaro, on a visit to the unit where production had been interrupted due to a fire.

"We are excited about the prospect of expanding our presence in the municipality, and we hope to further strengthen the livestock industry of Mato Grosso, contributing to its economic development," said Xandó.

In addition to announcing the expansion investment, Xandó and Costa also reported that JBS will maintain the employment of the unit's approximately 1,400 employees in this period of reconstruction of the affected facilities. The expectation is that the works of recovery and expansion of the plant will be completed by the end of this year, allowing the resumption of operations on site. 

"By joining efforts, we will transform the difficult moment into new opportunities for Mato Grosso and for the agribusiness of Brazil," said Minister Fávaro.

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